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I am currently working in The Hague area of the Netherlands. This summer is too cold to spend weekends on the beach, so I've decided to spend 3-4 days seeing the Norwegian fjords instead.

I understand there are three possibilities:

  1. Find a ship starting from Amsterdam that goes to the fjords and back.
  2. Go to one of the fjords and rent a house for 2-3 days.
  3. Go to Oslo or another Norwegian city, stay there, and take a bus trip to the fjords.

Which is the cheapest, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

As for now - the most desired for me is 2. I checked the prices for flights - and Oslo is 3 times cheaper from Amsterdam then Trondheim. Do you know if there is a possibility to rent a house on the fjord close to Oslo?

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@VMAtm: Thank you, I've edited. – Ilya Jul 3 '11 at 10:22
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Hurtigruten is a passenger line that sails along the Norwegian coast, and the trip has been described as the "World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage." It costs from €641 for a 6-day voyage. The disadvantage of this is that you're stuck on a boat. Earlier this year, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation filmed 134 hours of Hurtigruta and showed it live. Your cheapest option by far is to watch the trip online. It will also show you what to expect if you choose this option.

One option would be to go to Bergen, marketed as the gateway city to the world famous fjords. From there, there are tours going to the fjords, for instance Hardangerfjorden, and probably other fjords as well. Hurtigruta also starts here. Note that it rains a lot in Bergen, bring an umbrella.

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Thank you very much! In fact, I've already browsed couple of possibilities close to Bregen (about 190km by car). – Ilya Jul 4 '11 at 7:06

For such a short visit, I would want to do as little surface travel as possible as that is always slower than airtravel.

So I used Skyscanner to have a look at prices Schiphol (AMS) to Bergen (BGO) and when buying now for July or August you will still find prices of about €200 to €300 for a return ticket.

If you love trains, you could fly into Oslo and out of Bergen or the other way around, but it is still about 7 hours train travel, although with a good view of the countryside. Personally I would wait with that till you have at least a week and combine Oslo with Bergen and the fjords.

A friend of mine who settled in Norway did chose Bergen as it is a nice small town with good access to nature, including the fjords.

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